FG and Labour Resume Minimum Wage Talks on Wednesday Evening

The Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage reconvened at the Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja on Wednesday to continue negotiations over a new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

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The federal government was represented by the Minister of Finance, Wale Edun; the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Atiku Bagudu; the Minister of Labour, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha; representatives from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; and the Head of Service of the Federation.

On the labour side, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, and his counterpart from the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Festus Osifo, were in attendance. The Director-General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Abdulateef Shittu, also participated.

The meeting came after the organised labour suspended its indefinite strike on Tuesday. One of the conditions for the suspension was that the committee would meet daily for a week until an agreement on a new minimum wage was reached.

President Bola Tinubu had directed the committee to expedite the process and submit the proposed figures to him. The President expressed commitment to a minimum wage above ₦60,000, while the labour unions said they were open to negotiations beyond their initial ₦494,000 demand.

Wednesday’s meeting was the first since the strike suspension agreement was signed.

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